The Mississippi State Bulldogs have a tough job to do this season as they must replace record-setting quarterback Dak Prescott. The position battle became a little clearer on Saturday when Elijah Staley announced his decision to transfer.
Staley was one of the four player vying for the starting job this season, but he will look to continue his career elsewhere. He took to Twitter and made his decision official Saturday afternoon.
— Elijah Staley (@ES14_) August 12, 2016
Head coach Dan Mullen released a statement on Staley’s decision, thanking the sophomore for his contributions to the team.
“We would like to thank Elijah for his contributions to our football team,” Mullen said in a statement. “During his time here, he has always been a hard worker and a great teammate. We wish him nothing but the best as he pursues another opportunity.”
Staley was a three-star member of the team’s 2014 class and redshirted his true freshman season. He played in two games last year and went 3-5 with 51 yards and a touchdown.
Staley’s decision to transfer now leaves the door open for sophomore Nick Fitzgerald, freshman Nick Tiano and junior Damian Williams to win the job. The Bulldogs open the season on Sept. 3 against South Alabama.
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